Giving Away The Gospel?

November 10, 2017



Paul, an aapostlebnot from men nor through man, but cthrough Jesus Christ andGod the Father, dwho raised him from the dead and all ethe brothers1 who arewith me,

To fthe churches of Galatia:

gGrace to you and peace hfrom God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, iwhogave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present jevil age, according to the will ofkour God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are lso quickly deserting mhim who called you in the graceof Christ and are turning to na different gospel onot that there is another one, butpthere are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if weor qan angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preachedto you, rlet him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone ispreaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, rlet him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying sto please man?If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a tservant2 of Christ.


Reformation500 — Jesus is Still Sufficient

November 10, 2017

11 And every priest stands hdaily at his service, ioffering repeatedly the same sacrifices,jwhich can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ2 had offered for all time a singlesacrifice for sins, he ksat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time luntilhis enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering mhe hasperfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16  nThis is the covenant that I will make with them

after those days, declares the Lord:

I will put my laws on their hearts,

and write them on their minds,

17 then he adds,

oI will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

The Full Assurance of Faith

19 pTherefore, brothers,3 since we have confidence to enter qthe holy places by theblood of Jesus, 20 by rthe new and living way that he opened for us through sthe curtain,that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have ta great priest over the house of God, 22 letus draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts usprinkled cleanvfrom an evil conscience and our bodies wwashed with pure water.


Will You Worship the Creator or the Creation?

November 3, 2017

Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the Lord God appointed a plant[b]and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”


When You Don’t Like God

November 3, 2017

Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[a] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”


God’s Love Brings Change

November 3, 2017

Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent

The word reached[c] the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.


The One From Inside The Whale

September 25, 2017

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

17 [c] And the Lord appointed[d] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah's Prayer

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,

“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
    and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep,
    into the heart of the seas,
    and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
    passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
yet I shall again look
    upon your holy temple.’
The waters closed in over me to take my life;
    the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
    at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
    whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
    Lord my God.
When my life was fainting away,
    I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
    forsake their hope of steadfast love.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
    Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.


Encountering God’s Angry Grace

September 25, 2017

But ithe LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest onthe sea, so that the ship threatened jto break up. Then the mariners were afraid, andkeach cried out to his god. And lthey hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea tolighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had laindown and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, What do you mean, yousleeper? Arise, kcall out to your god! mPerhaps the god will give a thought to us, that wemay not perish.

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

And they said to one another, Come, let us ncast lots, that we may know on whoseaccount this evil has come upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Thenthey said to him, Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is youroccupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people areyou? And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, and I fear othe LORD, the God of heaven,pwho made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said tohim, What is this that you have done! For the men knew that hhe was fleeing from thepresence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, Pick me up and hurl meinto the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, qfor I know it is because of me that thisgreat tempest has come upon you. 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard2 to get back todry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.14 Therefore they called out to the LORD, O LORD, let us not perish for this man's life, andrlay not on us innocent blood, sfor you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you. 15 So theypicked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, tand the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Thenthe men feared the LORD exceedingly, uand they offered a sacrifice to the LORD vand madevows.

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

17 3 And the LORD appointed4 a great fish to swallow up Jonah. wAnd Jonah was in thebelly of the fish three days and three nights.


When God Gives Us A Difficult Calling

September 25, 2017

Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

Now the word of the LORD came to aJonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go tobNineveh, that cgreat city, and call out against it, dfor their evil1 has come up beforeme. But Jonah erose to flee to fTarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went downto gJoppa and found a ship going to fTarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it,to go with them to fTarshish, haway from the presence of the LORD.


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September 25, 2017

14 For the love of Christ dcontrols us, because we have concluded this: that eone has diedfor all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, fthat those who live might no longerlive for themselves but gfor him who for their sake died and was raised.


John 21: How To End The Gospel?

August 30, 2017

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After this Jesus brevealed himself cagain to the disciples by dthe Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, eThomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of fCana in Galilee, gthe sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him,We will go with you. They went out and got into the boat, but hthat night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples idid not know that it was Jesus. jJesus said to them, Children, do you have any fish? They answered him, No. kHe said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple lwhom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, It is the Lord! WhenSimon Peter heard that it was the Lord, mhe put on his outer garment, for he wasnstripped for work, and othrew himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards1 off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on itand bread. 10 Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish that you have just caught. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, pCome andqhave breakfast. Now rnone of the disciples dared ask him, Who are you? They knew itwas the Lord. 13 Jesus came and stook the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.14 tThis was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had ufinished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, vSimon, wson of John, xdo you love me more than these? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed ymy lambs. 16 He said to him a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, zTend ymy sheep. 17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said to him athe third time, Do you love me? and he said to him, Lord, byou know everything; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him,Feed cmy sheep. 18 dTruly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, eyou used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go. 19 (This he said to show fby what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, gFollow me.

Jesus and the Beloved Apostle

20 Peter turned and saw hthe disciple whom Jesus loved following them, ithe one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, Lord, who is it that is going to betray you? 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man? 22 Jesus said to him, If it is my will that he remain juntil kI come, what is that to you? lYou follow me! 23 So the saying spread abroad among mthe brothers2 that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?

24 This is the disciple nwho is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and owe know pthat his testimony is true.

25 Now qthere are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that rthe world itself could not contain the books that would be written.